Tickborne Disease Resources for Health Professionals

Tickborne diseases are a serious health concern in Vermont. Reports of tickborne diseases are on the rise, and while Lyme disease remains the most common tickborne disease in Vermont, other diseases like anaplasmosis and babesiosis are becoming increasingly common. Vermont health professionals are essential partners in tickborne disease prevention efforts.

Continuing Medical and Nursing Education

Webinar: The Diagnosis & Treatment of Tickborne Diseases in Vermont

The Health Department, in partnership with Vermont infectious disease physicians and the Vermont Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) created this online continuing education course on the diagnosis and treatment of tickborne diseases in Vermont. This course is approximately one hour in length. Upon successful completion of the course and evaluation, health care providers can earn one continuting education (CE) credit. The Health Department will cover the CE credit fee for the first 100 health care providers who complete the course. 

Overview

Vermont residents can be infected with a number of tickborne diseases. Lyme disease is the most frequently diagnosed tickborne disease, but other illnesses like anaplasmosis are becoming increasingly common. In addition, newly recognized tickborne pathogens, like Borrelia miyamotoi, are causing illness in the state. Clinicians can help prevent complications associated with tickborne diseases through timely diagnosis and treatment.

Objectives

  1. Review the epidemiology of tickborne diseases in Vermont.
  2. Define the symptoms of Lyme diseases, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Borrelia miyamotoi infections.
  3. Identify tests used to diagnose tickborne diseases common in Vermont.
  4. Describe the appropriate use of antibiotics in treating Lyme diseases, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Borrelia miyamotoi infections.

Presenters

  • Jean Dejace, MD, Infectious Disease Physician, University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Marie George, MD, Medical Director for Infectious Diseases, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
  • Bradley Tompkins, MS, MPH, Tickborne Disease Program Chief and Epidemiologist, Vermont Department of Health

Credit Requirements

To obtain credit for this course, providers must view the webinar and complete and submit the continuting education form below. Continuing education credits are offered through the Vermont Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

Watch the webinar

Course materials:

Questions? Please contact Bradley Tompkins at Bradley.Tompkins@vermont.gov

Tickborne Disease Reporting

Health professionals in Vermont are required to report all cases of anaplasmosis, babesiosisBorrelia miyamotoi and Lyme disease to the Health Department. 

How to Report an Infectious Disease

Help Patients Prevent Tickborne Disease

The best way to prevent tickborne diseases is to prevent tick bites. The Health Department offers information and free professionally-printed resources that providers can share with patients so they can take simple steps to prevent tick bites. Health professionals can also order free printed copies of Tickborne Diseases of the United States: A Reference Manual for Healthcare Providers (CDC)

order free materials